Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Daily Corrections Clips


Governor, Calif. lawmakers reach prison compromise, will ask court to delay inmate releases

Don Thompson, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown and the four leaders of California's Legislature reached a compromise Monday on reducing the state's prison population, offering to spend more money on rehabilitation efforts if a panel of federal judges will extend an end-of-the-year deadline to release thousands of inmates.

Deal brokered on plan to ease California prison crowding
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders agree to seek more time to reduce prison crowding. If federal judges reject the request, the state will relocate inmates.
Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders broke an impasse Monday over how to reduce prison crowding, agreeing to seek more time for that effort from federal judges but preparing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to relocate inmates if the jurists say no.

Brown, lawmakers reach compromise on prison crowding plan
Timm Herdt, Ventura County Star

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders of both parties Monday agreed on a compromise plan to reduce the population of California’s prisons — a dual-option plan that lets a panel of three federal judges decide which course the state will take.

Jerry Brown, lawmakers reach accord in California prison crowding case

David Siders, Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders agreed Monday to seek more time to reduce California’s prison population, while committing hundreds of millions of dollars to ship inmates out of state and to local facilities if the request is denied.

California Prison Guards Union Pushes For Prison Expansion
Saki Knafo, Huffington Post

Two decades ago, the California prison guards union was one of the most feared political forces in the state. Its members poured millions into the campaign coffers of politicians who pledged to put more people behind bars, and ran aggressive ads against those who dared to cross them. Its boss, Don Novey, was a notorious character in Sacramento, a former prison guard whose tough tactics and trademark fedora earned him comparisons to Jimmy Hoffa.

Corrections Corp. Wins as Brown Buys California Prison Fix
Michael B. Marois, Bloomberg

Corrections Corp. of America, the largest U.S. prison company, and Geo Group Inc. (GEO) stand to gain in California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to rent thousands of their cells as part of a $1 billion effort to meet a federal court deadline to reduce prison overcrowding.

Senate OKs condom handout in California prisons to cut disease, despite ban on sex behind bars
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California — The California Senate approved a plan Monday that would require the state to hand out condoms at adult prisons, despite a ban on having sex behind bars.
The bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, aims to cut the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C and other diseases in prisons and communities where felons are paroled.


Freed 3-strikes inmates have low recidivism rate, report finds
But the survey by the Stanford Three Strikes Project and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund finds that former inmates are held back by a lack of housing, substance abuse assistance and other reentry programs.
Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times

More than 1,000 inmates previously sentenced to life in prison have been freed since voters approved changes to California's three-strikes law in November, with only a handful charged with new offenses since their release, according to a report released Monday.

Some 1,000 California prisoners have had 3-strike life sentences cut short
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Supporters of a California ballot measure that softened the nation's toughest three-strikes law say some 1,000 prisoners have had their life terms significantly reduced and have been released from prison.

Hunger strike: Did it work?
As the protest ends, issue shifts to the state Legislature
Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

California’s longest and largest hunger strike in prison system history concluded Wednesday.

The strike began with 30,000 inmates, but had dwindled to about 100 active participants earlier this week, with 40 of those continuously fasting since the strike’s onset July 8.

Calif man gets nearly 25 years for kidnapping ex-girlfriend to Mexico, making death threats
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A California man has been sentenced to more than 24 years for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend to Mexico and threatening to kill her and dispose of her body.

Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Rudy Soto of Oxnard, California, was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. He was convicted last year of one count each of conspiracy and kidnapping.


Foot Chase Leads to Arrest of Wanted Man in Santa Rosa
Jeffrey Locke, 40, was arrested early Sunday morning.
Cody Kitaura, Bay City News Service

SANTA ROSA (BCN) - A San Francisco man with multiple warrants out for his arrest was taken into custody Sunday morning after he allegedly fled from police during a traffic stop in what turned out to be a stolen car, Santa Rosa police said. 

Jeffrey Locke, 40, allegedly fled from police on foot after a 2:21 a.m. traffic stop on Marlow Road near Jennings Avenue, according to Sgt. David Boettger.


A conversation with Terri McDonald, Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff - Part Three
Christopher Nelson, CAFWD.ORG

Los Angeles County houses the largest jail system in the country. More than New York, more than Cook County in Illinois. As such, any problem experienced in the 57 other counties of California can easily be magnified tenfold in Los Angeles County, home to more than 9 million people.
Earlier this year, amid allegations of prisoner abuse among the rank and file in Los Angeles County corrections, the woman who used to oversee all of California’s state prisons and parolees was brought in to be Sheriff Lee Baca’s right hand woman. In March of this year, Terri McDonald accepted the position of Assistant Sheriff of Los Angeles County.


Brown signs bill closing loophole in rape law
The governor signs a bill extending law to unmarried women who are raped by an attacker impersonating someone else.
Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Closing a loophole in California's rape law, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill clarifying that an attacker who impersonates someone else to coerce a victim into sexual activity can be prosecuted for rape.

New app allows San Francisco police officers to look up criminal records on their smartphones
Terry Collins, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — State and local law enforcement officials in California said on Monday that they hope a new mobile application will help officers on the street fight crime by using their smartphones.


Another View: Gov. Brown’s prison plan is the only one that works
Jeffrey Beard, Special to the Sacramento Bee

In his opinion piece (“More prison beds won’t make it safer for Californians,” Sept. 3), San Francisco District Attorney George Gasc√≥n did get something right. Gov. Jerry Brown has always been willing to make the difficult choices necessary to address this great state’s challenges.

Editorial: State prison compromise potentially offers a way forward
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board

Gov. Jerry Brown and the four legislative leaders have reached a compromise on state prisons. They announced on Monday that they won’t immediately spend $315 million to increase state prison capacity if federal judges give them yet another extension on the deadline to reduce prison population.